Several protesters lined up near the state prison in Bonne Terre as the State of Missouri carried out the execution sentence of Brian Dorsey today. He took his last breath and was declared dead at 6:11 p.m.

Tuesday’s execution is the 137th person Missouri has put to death, and the first this year.

The 52-year-old was convicted of the 2006 killings of his cousin Sarah Bonnie, and her husband, Ben, in their central Missouri home. He went to their home seeking money to pay for a drug debt. He killed the two with a single shot shotgun.

After Dorsey murdered the two, he raped Sarah’s corpse as their now-orphaned, four-year-old daughter slept in another room. The child was not harmed.

The Missouri Department of Corrections said Dorsey was given an injection of five grams of pentobarbital, in addition to an optional sedative three times throughout Tuesday afternoon.

Missourinet served as a state witness in the execution. After the curtains opened, Dorsey looked left toward his spiritual advisor, took several deep breaths, closed his eyes, and drifted off within five minutes.

He did not appear to suffer from the lethal dose.

In Dorsey’s final written statement, he said:

“To all of the family and loved ones I share with Sarah and to all of the surviving family and loved ones of Ben, I am truly deeply overwhelmingly sorry. Words cannot hold the just weight of my guilt and shame. I still love you. I never wanted to hurt anyone. I am sorry I hurt them and you. To my family, friends, and all of those that tried to prevent this, I love you! I am grateful for you. I have peace in my heart in large part because of you and I thank you. To all those on all sides of this sentence, I carry no ill will or anger, only acceptance and understanding.”

Dorsey and his attorney attempted to block the execution, including more than 70 current and former correctional officers signing a clemency request for his life to be spared. The Missouri Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied those efforts.

“Executing Brian Dorsey is a pointless cruelty, an exercise of the State’s power that serves no legitimate penological purpose,” said Kirk Henderson, Dorsey’s attorney, ahead of the execution. “My heart goes out to the many family members and friends who love Brian, and to the dedicated men and women of the Missouri Department of Corrections, who have seen the goodness he is committed to bringing to the world. We will miss his smile and his bear hugs. It has been my honor to know Brian and to share his story.”

Dorsey also asked Gov. Mike Parson to spare his life. The governor denied the request for clemency.

“Brian Dorsey punished his loving family for helping him in a time of need. His cousins invited him into their home where he was surrounded by family and friends, then gave him a place to stay. Dorsey repaid them with cruelty, inhumane violence, and murder,” Governor Parson said. “The pain Dorsey brought to others can never be rectified, but carrying out Dorsey’s sentence according to Missouri law and the Court’s order will deliver justice and provide closure.”

Missouri Department of Corrections Spokesperson Karen Pojmann said that Dorsey will be cremated.

Dorsey’s final meal was two double bacon cheeseburgers, two orders of chicken strips, two orders of large fries, and a pizza with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and extra cheese.

Missouri now has 11 men awaiting the death penalty.

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